Worth’s Mixed U18A fencing team celebrated an excellent result at home to Eastbourne College including an exciting victory for our three most experienced fencers.
Both schools fielded two foil teams for the fixture. Worth’s senior team of Faolan, Stephan and Simon trailed by five points after nine fights but came back strongly to lead 40-38 going into the final fight. Eastbourne drew level at 42-42 but Faolan kept a cool head to secure a 45-42 victory.
For the second match, Worth fielded three novices who were taking part in their first inter-school competition. With only a month of training behind them, they took on Eastbourne’s more experienced team and managed to keep the score equal for the first three rounds but were eventually beaten to ensure the fixture ended in a draw.
Team member Simon said: “In the end, both games were significant victories for Worth. By winning the veterans pool, we showed the technical and tactical resilience of our experienced fencers; at the same time, our novices presented undying courage and determination, as well as a great potential to be unlocked over the next few months of training.”
The next fixture for Worth is away to Tonbridge School on 11 March and the following week we will be sending a team to the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships.
Fencing is offered at Worth both as part of the sports programme and as a co-curricular activity.
Did you know?
At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, two former Worth students were part of the Great Britain fencing squad. Nick Bell helped the men’s foil team finish sixth overall, as well as finishing 39th in the individual competition. Tim Belson finished 39th in the men’s épée individual competition and ninth in the team event. Nick also went on to compete in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.